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August 09, 2018 05:11
Study: Indian-Americans Have Lowest Rate of SUID Deaths

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According to the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences study, Indian-Americans have the highest percent of sleeping with their infants among the ethnic groups in New Jersey of the United States yet the lowest rate of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) which can be caused by bed-sharing.

The American Academy of Paediatrics normally believes bed-sharing to be a high-risk cause in SUID, which comprises sudden infant death syndrome, fortuitous suffocation and strangulation in bed, and vague and untold causes in children under one-year-old.

The researchers including Indian-American's activity of placing their babies on their backs to sleep, ascribed this paradoxical determination to a mixture of compensatory factors.

"Conditions that substantially increase the risk of SUID while bed-sharing include smoking, alcohol use, and maternal fatigue," said lead author Barbara Ostfeld, a professor of pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

He said: "Indian-Americans smoke and use alcohol less than other populations. In addition, grandparents tend to be very active in childcare, which reduces maternal fatigue. Apart from bed-sharing, poverty also increases the risk of SUID, and Indian-Americans have higher incomes."

The study appeared in the journal New Jersey Pediatrics.

The mortality deaths of over 80,000 New Jersey-born infants of Asian-Indian heritage over a 15-year time period and harmless sleep patterns in a sampling of this population have been looked during the study by the researchers during the study.

Consequences showed that 97 percent of the surveyed American-born mothers of Asian-Indian heritage reported using a crib, compared to 69 percent of those who were foreign-born.

Though babies of the foreign-born mothers who are now residing in the United States had high SUID rate in comparison to infants of U.S.-born mothers of Asian-Indian heritage, for whom no SUID was registered, the rate was still lower than that of some other populations.

From 2000 to 2015, infants of foreign-born mothers of Asian-Indian heritage had a SUID rate of 0.14 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to 0.4 in white, 0.5 in Hispanic and 1.6 in black populations.

"Our study shows that improved compliance with American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on supine sleep and avoiding bed-sharing is associated with a lower rate of SUID even in already low-risk groups," said Ostfeld. "Larger studies are needed to better understand the complex variables that affect risk in sharing a bed with an infant."

"Our intent was to discover more about this little-researched demographic breakdown, so we can better understand the risk factors for SUID in all groups and create culturally sensitive health messaging.

By Sowmya Sangam

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